Fingerstyle is a way of playing the guitar that opens up new possibilities, allowing the guitarist to play full songs on one instrument. This can be seen in the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee and Newton Faulkner who often use unconventional techniques such as percussion and harmonics.
This course will teach you the fundamentals of fingerstyle guitar including:
At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to out your skills into practices and play alongside your fellow students at a Belfast Guitar Night as part of an ensemble led by your instructor.
No experience with fingerstyle guitar is necessary, although you should be able to change between basic chords with ease.
Both acoustic and electric players welcome!
About the Tutor
Gary Lutton is a final-year PhD researcher at Ulster University and a lecturer in music at Belfast Metropolitan College.
His research focuses on developing a new improvisatory vocabulary for fingerstyle guitar, integrating theories from cognitive psychology and flow.
Gary has been a lecturer at Belfast Met for 4 years and frequently gives workshops at Ulster University, in local schools and at community events.
He is a touring musician in the UK, Europe and the US, winning Sky TV’s Guitar Star (2015) and placing 3rd in global competition Six String Theory (2014).
Gary is also a founding member of US-based record label Fretmonkey Records and co-ordinates the Belfast Guitar Night, a bi-monthly event featuring guitarists from around the globe.